Is it normal to feel tightness, aches, and pains after a heart attack?

3 answers | Last updated: Jan 30, 2014
bpee asked...
I am two weeks from recovering from a heart attack. Is it normal to feel tightness, excessive gas and moving aches and pain? I was told after the attack my arteries are clear and open, and that these things could be an anxiety response. It seems like I am super sensitive to my body's every ping!
For this question:

Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40...
50% helpful

First of all we are glad that you were given a good report that your arteries are open after your heart attack. Typically if there are no blockages in your See also:
What to Expect After a Heart Attack

See all 56 questions about Heart Attacks
hearts blood vessels you should not be experiencing any aches or pains after a heart attack. If you had a balloon or stent procedure sometimes people experience chest muscle aches post procedure. Muscle aches could also be a side effect of certain medications that are used after a heart attack. Everyone is different and everyone responds differently but we would recommend you discuss these symptoms with your healthcare provider. Never ignore any symptoms - your body is trying to tell you something - either it is healing normally or there is something that may need attention.


More Answers
100% helpful
ElizGreene answered...

It's been nearly ten years, and I still get anxious if anything in the chest area feels odd or uncomfortable - even if it is just sore muscles. Did you have surgery? I remember as the feeling started coming back after surgery - things in my chest were uncomfortable.

Carolyn and Margie are completely right - you should talk with your doctor. Since my surgery I've placed many calls, had several office visits and even two trips to the ER due to chest discomfort - even though I was pretty sure none of it was another heart attack. Being told it is indigestion or muscle spasms is good news!

I remember how scary it was right after the heart attack - your heart seems to beat so loudly and every little twinge makes you worried. It does get better, things will calm down soon.

Hang in there!


Ask a question Ask a question | Add an answer Add an answer